MONMOUTH COUNTY, NJ. (THECOUNT) — Robert Bruce, known for his appearances on Kevin Smith‘s Comic Book Men, was found dead Friday in a Monmouth County, New Jersey storage facility. He was 62.
The body of Bruce was discovered at the City Center Plaza Professional Records Storage Facility in Redbank on Friday.
According to reports, police responded to storage facility on Water Street after it was reported that a body was found. It was later discovered that Bruce had not been in contact with anyone for several days, and a close family friend went to check on the storage unit that served as his office, which friends suspected he was now living in. It’s currently unclear how long Bruce had been in the storage unit, but his death is being investigated by the Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Bruce’s brother, John Bruce, shared the news on Twitter. “I want to inform you with great sadness that Robert Bruce (my brother) has passed away this past week in his office in Redbank, NJ. I’m leaving to go home tomorrow to help his family after being absent for many years. Prayers in this new year for him and his family,” Bruce wrote in a tweet to Smith. The director replied last night, reports comicbook.
“My condolences! I’m truly sorry to read this John. @popculturizm was always a welcome addition to any episode of @ComicBookMenAMC, as well as a nice guy. I’ll miss Rob. (@AMC_TV shot a sizzle reel for a spin-off with Rob & his family before they got rid of all the reality shows.),” Smith shared.
Comic Book Men ran for seven seasons and followed the daily workings of Smith’s comic book shop, Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash in Red Bank. Bruce was credited as “The Popculturalist” and “Pop Culture Expert” and appeared in 38 out of the show’s 96 episodes. Bruce also played “Decent Samaritan” the 2019 Kevin Smith biography Shooting Clerks.
A cause of death was not provided as of Sunday morning.
Geo quick facts: Monmouth County is a county located on the coast of New Jersey, in the United States within the New York metropolitan area, and the northernmost county along the Jersey Shore – Wikipedia.